144p., 13 Charts, 13 Tables, App., Bib., Index, 29 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. Vision for Sikkim: Goals and Objectives. 2. Background: Recent Trends and Emerging Issues. 3. Fulfilling the Vision.
Sikkim has population of about four lakhs sixty four thousand, fifty seven, made up of Lepchas, Nepalese and Bhutias. The Lepchas are the oldest inhabitants of Sikkim. There is an old Lepcha legend that long ago, the laughter of the Lepchas wafted into the sky and it scattered and froze into shimmering stars. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Tibetans arrived bringing with them the Red Hat Lamist tradition - Nying-ma-pa, which became the dominant culture and official state religion.